A new report states that despite numerous statements to the contrary, Tom Holland's Spider-Man will appear in Sony's Venom film after all.
A new report on Collider claims the studio is walking back its previous assertion that Tom Holland's web-slinger will not appear in the Tom Hardy-led spinoff film, despite Venom taking place in the same cinematic universe.
“Spider-Man is going to be in Venom," Jon Schnepp stated in the latest episode of Movie Talk. "For the last couple of months, we’ve been hearing how Sony is keeping it all separated, and Spider-Man is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but every other character that’s in the Spider-Man universe is separate. All I’m saying is that Spider-Man—and I’m talking about Tom Holland’s Spider-Man—is going to be in Venom.”
Whether this turns out to be true remains to be seen, of course. Hardy's Venom has been described as a horror film, with Sony eyeing an R-rating for the movie. While Marvel is not actively involved in the crafting of the various Spider-Man spinoffs Sony has in production, it does have a say in how Spidey himself is handled on-screen. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige went so far as stat flat out that no, Spidey won't be involved in the Venom film when asked about it in late-2017.
Sony, for its part, has teased an eventual meeting of Spider-Man and his symbiote-infected enemy at some point, though it was believed that would occur in a non-R rated film somewhere down the road.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer from a script by Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, Venom stars Tom Hardy, Jenny Slate, Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed. The film arrives Oct. 5, 2018.